PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 

44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 

Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - KY: Community Issues and Volunteering

PHOTO:  Luring visitors to the foothills of east Kentucky - with the region's beauty and Appalachian heritage on display.  Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. – The idea is to use the fabric of the region to draw tourists to an economically strapped part of east Kentucky. So today and Friday, a nonprofit eco-agritourism organization, known as FEAT, is conducting a tour through Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties. FEAT director

PHOTO: With open enrollment for the new health-care law, AARP Kentucky is hosting events to help connect people with those who can help them sign up. Courtesy AARP.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After months of debate and planning, open enrollment for insurance under the new national health care law is about to begin in Kentucky. Rollout of the state's health insurance marketplace, known as "Kynect," begins October 1. To help Kentuckians decide on their coverage options, A

PHOTO: Civic leaders from across Kentucky want to help people reshape their communities and ensure that children grow up healthier than their parents' generation.  Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ERLANGER, Ky. – The goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their parents. A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort. Larry Coh

PHOTO:  Jack Burch, who has battled the plague of poverty throughout his career, is retiring this week. Courtesy Community Action Council.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's statewide network of community action councils loses its longest-serving executive director this week. Jack Burch, who runs the office serving low-income residents in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties, retires Sunday. Involved and impacted by the civil rig

PHOTO: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

RICHMOND, Ky. - The state's top election officer said she has received "overwhelmingly strong support" from Kentuckians to allow online voter registration and to make early voting easier. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has just finished election forums across the state, stopped sho

PHOTO: Many immigrants say they'd be willing to follow the rigorous process outlined in the

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration proposal in the U.S. Senate, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, has the backing of most Kentuckians, according to a new poll. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of voters surveyed in Kentucky either "strongly or s

PHOTO: The speed of broadband is often a problem in rural areas of Kentucky.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - A federal report has found that beyond the obvious fact that broadband is less available in rural areas, there is also "considerable variation in availability" in both rural and urban communities. Bottom line: There is "not a simple rural/urban divide." A rural community's proximit

PHOTO: Citizens in central Appalachia are calling on the EPA to clean up

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Kentuckians who live in central Appalachia say they have a problem with dirty water and they don't think the state is doing enough to clean it up. So, they've joined residents of three neighboring states - Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia - on visits to regional EPA offices to

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